Phillies ace Roy Halladay was recognized for his perfect game against Florida on May 29 with a pregame ceremony on Saturday, and he was given an unexpected gift from the team.
No, it wasn’t a new Corvette like Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga received on Thursday for his near-perfect game. No, it wasn’t a ring or a watch.
It was a bass fishing trip with famed angler Skeet Reese, and Halladay seemed like he couldn’t have been happier.
Halladay was joined on the field by his wife, Brandy, and their two sons, as well as Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, who presented Halladay with the pitching rubber from Sun Life Stadium in Florida.
Then, in a video message on the scoreboard, Reese offered Halladay the opportunity to come fishing with him in his favorite spots in California. Reese won the 2009 Bassmaster Classic and was the 2007 Angler of the Year. See it now
The fishing trip seemed to fit Halladay’s personality far better than a flashy car.